On Friday 7 December carers from across Manchester Carers Network were invited along with the person they look after to a Christmas lunch at the City Football Academy. Over 50 attendees were hosted by club and City in the Community Representatives to share in the festive fun.

Academy players Tommy Doyle, Esme Morgan, Jess Parks, Sammy Robinson and Tyreke Wilson were on hand to help serve up a wonderful three-course Christmas meal. Live music was played throughout the afternoon, with local singer Oli Ng catering for the numerous song requests that were sent his way, leading to a few spontaneous singalongs.

Following lunch the carers and their cared-for took part in a City-themed Centurions bingo. Competition was fierce with eventual winners being presented with City prizes.

Speaking at the event, Lynne Stafford, chief exec of gaddum said: “this event provided much needed respite to many of our unwaged carers in East Manchester. We are incredibly grateful to the Manchester City family for hosting this event”.

If you would like to be sent the photos from this event, please contact Erica on 0161 834 6069 or erica@gaddum.co.uk